Topics Under Category: "Crowdfunding"

Milk Money Vermont

With Acquisition, A New Chapter for Vermont’s Milk Money

Locavesting Staff | October 19, 2018

Milk Money, a Vermont-only crowd investing portal, has been acquired, signaling a new phase for the platform—and perhaps the intrastate crowdfunding market as well. The two-year old intrastate crowdfunding platform’s new owner is the Vermont Innovation Commons, a regional innovation hub in Burlington combining a startup accelerator, co-working space and residential units under one roof. The […]

Alaska crowdfunding

With Help From State Crowdfunding Law, an Alaskan Brewery Looks to Expand

Amy Cortese | October 10, 2018

Many U.S. cities these days are dotted with microbreweries vying for attention. But for residents of Sitka, a tiny Alaskan city nestled below Baranof Island’s glacier-carved mountains and accessible only by boat or plane, their lone microbrewery is a vital part of the community. Baranof Island Brewing Co. was founded in 2010 by Rick Armstrong, […]

B Corp crowdfunding

B Corp DoneGood on Why Investment Crowdfunding Makes Sense for Social Enterprises

Cullen Schwarz | September 20, 2018

When a lot of tech startups raise an investment round, they turn exclusively to deep-pocketed venture capitalists in Silicon Valley. For some of those investors, the only real goal is fast growth and massive profit, by any means necessary—goals their startups inherit. Like the mission-driven brands our company works to support, DoneGood strives to be different […]

Buy The Block Empowers Black Communities to Invest in Themselves

Amy Cortese | September 11, 2018

In this age of wealth inequality, runaway development and gentrification, it’s easy for communities to feel powerless in the face of rapid change. Lynn Smith founded Buy The Block, a real estate crowdfunding portal and the first portal that is African American-owned, to help change that dynamic. Smith (pictured above) has invested in real estate […]

Noted Community Capital Lawyers Launch Crowdfund Mainstreet

Amy Cortese | August 23, 2018

With more than 40 approved funding portals for Regulation Crowdfunding, the launch of a new portal might elicit a yawn. But Crowdfund Mainstreet, which debuts on Friday, has a unique pedigree—and a mission to match. The Oakland, CA-based portal is the creation of a pair of lawyers—Jenny Kassan and Michelle Thimesch—who have been on the […]

JOBS Act 3.0

Is JOBS Act 3.0 About to Become Reality?

Locavesting Staff | July 18, 2018

Investment crowdfunding may finally get the fixes that advocates have long called for. On Wednesday, a sweeping collection of bipartisan bills known collectively as the JOBS Act 3.0 passed the House of Representatives with broad support. The package now moves to the Senate. Sponsored by House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) and Ranking […]

Debt-based Crowdfunding Is Quietly Generating Investor Returns

Locavesting Staff | May 30, 2018

Crowdfunding success is often measured by the number of campaigns meeting their funding targets and the dollars raised. But what about the investor side of the equation? It’s still very early, and there are no industry-wide performance metrics that measure investor returns. But there are inklings. Some investment crowdfunding portals have lately taken to reporting […]

Regulation Crowdfunding

For Regulation Crowdfunding, a Glass Half Full

Amy Cortese | May 16, 2018

Two years ago today, Regulation Crowdfunding went into effect with a promise to transform the investment landscape for entrepreneurs and investors. So how’s it working out? In the first two years, 910 businesses have used the Regulation Crowdfunding exemption (aka Title III of the JOBS Act) which allows them to raise up to $1.07 million […]

crowdfunding investor limits

Regulation Crowdfunding’s Investor Limits Are The Real Problem

Mark Roderick | May 4, 2018

Since the JOBS Act was signed by President Obama in 2012, advocates have been urging Congress to increase the overall limit of $1 million (now $1.07 million, after adjustment for inflation) to $5 million for offerings under Title III (aka Regulation Crowdfunding). But for many issuers, the overall limit is less important than the per-investor […]

Small Change starter home

Small Change: The Crowdfunding Site That Makes Neighborhoods Better Places to Live

Amy Cortese | April 24, 2018

Eve Picker is an architect, city planner, urban designer and real estate developer, among other accomplishments. Her passion for community development and smart, sustainable design led her in 2016 to found Small Change, a Pittsburgh-based real estate crowdfunding site. We caught up with Eve recently to discuss financing transformational projects—such as affordable starter homes built […]